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Fireys rescue man and his dog from Pascoe Vale floodwaters

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14 Sep 2016
MFB firefighters had a dog of a day after being called to rescue a man and his canine friend from floodwaters yesterday.

The man was walking his dog along Moonee Ponds Creek just before 5pm when the dog, “Mia”, jumped into the water and was swept away.

Her worried owner jumped into rescue her and found himself in a potentially life-threatening situation as the duo was swept along the rising creek for approximately 1km.

Firefighters rushed to the scene and found the man and pooch in a precarious situation waist high in the water.

Using rope, firefighters mounted a swift rescue operation and were able to retrieve the pair from the water and onto dry land.

Firefighters then escorted Mia home, while Ambulance Victoria transported her owner to hospital for a check-up.

Speaking on ABC radio this morning, Commander Phil Patterson said the situation could quickly have turned deadly.

“We constantly tell people, don’t get into floodwaters, which is what the Moonee Ponds Creek is at the moment,” he said.

“That waterway does carry a fair amount of water when the rain comes down…you never know what is in the water and it can be quite dangerous.”

There has been significant rain overnight across parts of the state, including Western Victoria and this is forecast to continue.

MFB reminds people never to enter floodwater, as it may be toxic and dangerous.

 

For more information about current warnings in your area, visit the Vic Emergency website – www.emergency.vic.gov.au

To listen to Commander Patterson's interview, click onto the below link:

Phil Patterson re Pascoe Vale man and dog rescue 774 14.09

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